New Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has confirmed an order to buy three Airbus A320neo jets and three A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.
The order, which Syphax Airlines and Airbus announced as a memorandum of understanding at the Paris Air Show 2013 on June 18, represents the first time an Africa-based carrier has ordered the Airbus A320neo family.
All of Syphax Airlines’ A320 and A320neo jets will be powered by CFM International engines, CFM56-5B/Ps for the A320ceos and LEAP-1As from the A320neos.
“Syphax Airlines is focused on continuing to grow its Tunisian, North Africa and Europe routes, and an expansion of its network to Asia and North America, through its hubs in Tunis and Sfax while offering passengers a luxurious service,” says Mohamed Frikha, Syphax Airlines’ chairman and director general.
“Adding the A320neo to our fleet means we can achieve all of these goals while benefiting from a 15 per cent fuel saving and cost effectiveness,” says Frikha.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Syphax’s A320neo aircraft operating seamlessly alongside their current A320 fleet, delivering to them savings through reduced maintenance and pilot training costs as a result of the high degree of commonality between the aircraft models,” says John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, for Airbus.
Syphax Airlines already operates two Airbus A319s and three A320s and will shortly commence operating a leased Airbus A330-200 widebody.
The A320neo is offered as an option for the Airbus A320 family and incorporates new, more efficient engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 per cent in fuel savings compared with current A320-family jest, according to Airbus.
By the end of June, firm orders for the A320neo family stood at 2,245 aircraft from 40 customers, making it the fastest-selling commercial airliner ever, according to Airbus.